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Developmental Epileptology

Developmental Epileptology

The research at our departments focuses on the pathophysiology of epilepsy and epileptic seizures in adulthood and particularly in the developing brain. In our research we are utilizing modern electrophysiological, imaging, biochemical and pharmacological techniques. To elucidate the cellular and network mechanisms involved in epilepsy and to increase the translational potential of new observations we are using extensively chronic models of acquired epilepsy and also genetic models and also collaborate with leading epilepsy centres.


Our primary research topics are:

  • Consequences of brain injury during early stages of the brain development
  • Mechanisms responsible for seizure initiation and termination.
  • Impact of seizures on the developing brain
  • Development of new diagnostic techniques of epilepsy
  • Cognitive and behavioural consequences of epilepsy
  • The role of oxidative stress in pathogenesis of epilepsy and seizures during the development
  • Impact of antiepileptic therapy of the brain development
  • Age-specific mechanisms of seizure initiation and propagation


Consequences of early brain-damage and prevention of development of epilepsy and functional damage

Brain-damaging insult triggers a cascade of molecular, cellular and structural changes that eventually lead to behavioral alterations and development of epilepsy. The response to the particular brain insult is highly age-dependent. Our aim is to study effects of early insults on the brain development at the molecular, cellular, and circuitry levels (maturation of receptors or ionic channel structures, vascularisation, myelination, circuitry maturation, etc.) and consequently on maturation of more complex brain functions (cognitive functions, sensorimotor skills, social and emotional behavior, brain excitability, etc.). Results of our research can be used to develop age specific pharmacological strategies for prevention of epilepsy development and disturbances of brain function.   More



Uttl, Libor - Petrásek, Tomáš - Sengul, Hilal - Svojanovská, Markéta - Lobellová, Veronika - Valeš, Karel - Radostová, Dominika - Tsenov, Grygoriy - Kubová, Hana - Mikulecká, Anna - Svoboda, Jan - Stuchlík, Aleš . Chronic MK-801 Application in Adolescence and Early Adulthood: A Spatial Working Memory Deficit in Adult Long-Evans Rats But No Changes in the Hippocampal NMDA Receptor Subunits . Frontiers in Pharmacology 2018, roč. 9, Feb 12, článku 42 . IF = 3.831 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Szczurowska, E. - Ahuja, Nikhil - Jiruška, Přemysl - Kelemen, E. - Stuchlík, Aleš . Impairment of neural coordination in hippocampal neuronal ensembles after a psychotomimetic dose of dizocilpine. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry 2018, roč. 81, Feb 2, p. 275-283 . IF = 4.185 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Mareš, Pavel - Bernášková, Klára - Kubová, Hana . Ontogenetic Development of Sensitivity of the Cerebral Cortex to an Antagonist of GABA(A) Receptor Bicuculline . Physiological Research 2018, roč. 67, 1, p. 149-153 . IF = 1.324 [ASEP]
Mareš, Pavel . Participation of GABA(B) receptors in cortical postictal excitability in immature rats . European Journal of Pharmacology 2018, roč. 818, Jan 5, p. 26-29 . IF = 3.040 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Kubová, Hana - Folbergrová, Jaroslava - Rejchrtová, Jana - Tsenov, Grygoriy - Pařízková, Martina - Burchfiel, J. - Mikulecká, Anna - Mareš, Pavel . The Free Radical Scavenger N-Tert-Butyl-alpha-Phenylnitrone (PBN) Administered to Immature Rats During Status Epilepticus Alters Neurogenesis and Has Variable Effects, Both Beneficial and Detrimental, on Long-Term Outcomes . Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 2018, roč. 12, Aug 28, článku 266 . IF = 4.300 [ASEP] [ doi ]


Institute of Physiology AS CR, v.v.i.
Department of Developmental Epileptology

Vídeňská 1083
14220 Prague 4
tel. +420 241 062 549
fax. +420 241 062 565


Doc. PharmDr. Hana Kubová, DrSc.
head of the department
Doc. MUDr. Jakub Otáhal, Ph.D.
deputy head of department
RNDr. Jaroslava Folbergrová, DrSc.
senior researcher
Prof. MUDr. Přemysl Jiruška, Ph.D.
senior researcher
Prof. MUDr. Pavel Mareš, DrSc.
senior researcher
RNDr. Nina Mikulecká, Ph.D.
senior researcher
Mgr. Grygoriy Tsenov, Ph.D.
senior researcher
MUDr. Petr Fábera 
PhD student
Ing. Jan Kudláček​ 
PhD student
Ing. et Ing. Antonín Pošusta​ 
PhD student
Mgr. Ewa Szczurowska​ 
PhD student
Mgr. Libor Uttl​ 
PhD student
Ing. Pavel Vlk 
PhD student
Bc. Lubica Demeterová 
pregraduate student
Bc. Kateřina Vondráková​ 
pregraduate student
  Blanka Čejková​​ 
Eva Lažková​ 
Irinka Necheva​​ 
Ivana Rabasová​​​ 
personal assistant
  prof. MUDr. Rastislav Druga, DrSc.
visiting researcher
Thuy Hua
visiting researcher